Nelson Mandela*While news of his health has been hush-hush lately, our beloved Nelson Mandela is still reportedly, a very sick man.

This update comes from ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who told South Africa’s Sunday Independent newspaper that the former South African president remains “quite ill” and unable to speak.

She says this is because of tubes in his mouth designed to keep his lungs clear of fluid and prevent infection.

Mandela has been in intensive medical care at his Johannesburg home since his Sept. 1 discharge; and Winnie Mandela says her former husband’s room at his suburban home “is like an ICU ward,” because the 95-year-old anti-apartheid leader “remains very sensitive to any germs.”

She denies he is on life support and said that 22 doctors are treating him.

Nelson Mandela had spent nearly three months in a hospital for a recurring lung infection before being released to convalesce at home.